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Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone has questions! We’re here to help. Don’t see the question or answer you’re looking for? Email us directly at info@ywamcos.org.

Training Programs

For questions about a specific school, see that school’s page

I am married and/or have children. Can I bring my family with me?

Absolutely. We believe that God doesn’t just call mom or dad, but He calls the whole family. Everyone has a part to play. Contact us for further details.

Is outreach required?

Yes, successful completion of the outreach phase is required for all DTS’s and most second-level courses.

What does the schedule look like?

Most days you will have lecture, work duties, and school activities. There are also weekly corporate worship and intercession times. Your weekends may have some school activities but will generally be free for you to explore the city and take time to rest.

What should I bring with me?

CLOTHING:

Apart from casual wear, bring one set of dressier clothes for meetings, church and formal events. Many outreach locations do require a modest skirt/dress pants. Unless you want your casual clothes turned into work clothes, we strongly suggest you bring these. There is a wide variety of duties and some are quite messy. For recreation clothes we suggest you bring shorts and tennis shoes. Bathing suits need to be modest i.e. full swim suits for girls (no bikinis), swim shorts for guys.

During winter it can get cold (October – April), so bring jeans, sweaters and a jacket. Layering is your best bet! Remember outreaches may be in a different climate, so come prepared for various types of weather.

BEDDING:

You will have a bed during lecture phase, but you will need your own bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets, duvet/quilt, etc.) as none will be provided (unless you are an international student). Please bring this with you unless you prefer to buy it when you get to Colorado Springs. There will be times on outreach where you may not have a bed and will be sleeping on the ground; you may therefore want to bring a sleeping bag and suitable air mattress/mat/Therma-rest with you, though these can also be readily purchased in Colorado Springs.

With regard to personal items, please bring whatever articles of clothing, etc. that you need, limiting it to one large hiking backpack or suitcase. You will have some space under your bed, 2‑3 shelves in a cupboard and a small amount of wardrobe space.

If you are planning on bringing a car, please let us know. A personal vehicle makes traveling around the city easier, but it’s not mandatory. There is public transportation available, and it’s pretty easy to catch rides with staff and fellow students.

Where will I stay during lecture phase?

Our campus was once a Hilton hotel, so we have hotel rooms for you and your roommates to live in. There are rooms for singles, married couples, and families. Meals are eaten in our community dining hall, and corporate worship times are in the ballroom. If the weather is right, you can enjoy swimming in the pool!

Life at YWAM COS

Can my friends and family visit?

Yes! They can even stay on campus if you would like. If you are a student, please arrange with your school leader when the best times would be for them to visit. Graduation is usually the perfect opportunity for your family to celebrate you and learn what our campus is about!

Is YWAM only for youth?

Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth into short-term mission work and to give them opportunities to reach out in Jesus' name. Today, we still focus on youth, but now we also involve people of every age (even many people who choose to spend their "retirement" in active service), from over 130 countries.

What countries do you work in?

We work with the Body of Christ all over the world, helping Christ Followers to be involved in missions. Our focus is on the nations of the 10/40 Window (from Northern Africa across the Middle East and all of Asia). Click here to learn more.

What is your campus like?

Our building was formerly a hotel. So we have hotel rooms that have been remodeled into student housing and some staff housing. We have classrooms in former conference rooms, offices, ballrooms, a full commercial kitchen, dining hall, our own coffee shop, swimming pool, courtyard and playground, basketball court, workout room, and more! Take a tour here.

What is Youth With A Mission?

Youth With A Mission is an international missions movement of Christ Followers, who are dedicated to sharing the Gospel throughout the world. Also known as YWAM, (pronounced "why-wam"), our calling is to know God and to make Him known. For more info on YWAM International, go to www.ywam.org.

Fees and Payments

Do you have any advice or material regarding fundraising?

Yes. Please see our Faith and Finances page for more information.

Is financial assistance or scholarships available for students?

As all of our staff and students trust and rely on God for the finances they need to live and study, we are unable to provide discounts, financial assistance or scholarships. We firmly believe that God is our source of provision and believe in His faithfulness. We are privileged to stand in the place of prayer and partnership together and see the ways God provides!

Please see our Faith and Finances page for more information.

When do I pay my school fees?

Your lecture phase fees should be paid before or on registration day (the first week of lecture phase). You can do that online here.

Your outreach phase fees are due during the lecture phase. Details regarding fees for outreach will be communicated to you by your school leader during the lecture phase.

Application Process

How can I be sent long term overseas?

Because we are focused on the least reached around the world, we love it when our students/ staff come with a vision to be sent overseas. To be sent from our campus we ask that you complete a DTS as a pre-requisite for all paths. Once you have completed a DTS, you can then complete a Secondary course that might aid in preparing you for the field or to be long-term staff. Then you can apply to become staff. There are also internship opportunities on campus as well as overseas, for people who may not want to become staff just yet or would like more experience in a certain area.

How do I become staff?

Once you have successfully completed your DTS, you can apply to join us on staff. Visit our staff opportunities page for an application!

How soon can I apply and what is the deadline to submit my application?

You can apply as soon as you would like to any upcoming advertised school. As long as you apply and are accepted before the school start date, there is no deadline. However, we recommend you get your completed application in as soon as possible.